UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has changed his training camps for his upcoming championship fight with Gilberto Burns.
The pair are set to meet at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi on July 11 in “Fight Island” first edition.
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“The Nigerian nightmare” and “Durinho” were training partners at Sanford MMA, but the champ is now moving outside Florida for the first time.
Usman will be finishing his training camp in Denver under the guidance of Trevor Wittman.
“Florida was the base for a long time, but you grow from there,” Usman told ESPN. “We always had a ton of guys, some of the best training partners out there, and some great coaches.
“But I wanted a little more specific attention at this point in my career — someone to be able to say, ‘You’re going to come in at this time and work on this particular skill.’ It’s very tough to do that when there are 40 to 50 guys in the room with you who also need to get attention.”
Kamaru is coming off a fifth-round TKO victory over Colby Covington back in Dec. 2019. As for Burns, he’s riding a six-fight winning streak and recently earned a one-sided unanimous decision win over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.